China was very poor, Marco Polo did not go to china at all.
1) In the past 2000 years.
There were more than 100 great Famines in china, people ate people.
China: Land of Famine by Walter H. Mallory.
2) In 1959-1961, there were 30,000,000 chinese died in starvation.
Great Chinese Famine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
4) Marco Polo did not go to china at all.
Did Marco Polo Go to China? (book)
Marco Polo - Cracked. com
4) Till 1990, China's average personal income was less than $1 per day.
Economy of China - Wikipedia
Manchus defeated chinese ming empire.
Manchus ruled china for 300 years till 1911.
Manchu conquest of China - Wikipedia
The population rate was 100,000,000 chinese VS 1.000.000 manchus.